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Lancs Union Railway map Wigan to Blackburn 1955
Lancs Union Railway map Wigan to Blackburn 1955
Photo: RON HUNT
Views: 1,107
Item #: 35148
Thanks to Colin Traynor for the image

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 10th June 2024 at 16:52

I was doing research on the line between Boars Head Station and White Bear Station (Adlington) when I came across this map. Personally I found all the now lost stations names fascinating.

Comment by: Priscus on 11th June 2024 at 00:47

Triangle Publishing have an interesting book on LUR

Hard to get hold of nowadays. They are asking £25 for a copy on Amazon.

Comment by: Philip Cunliffe on 11th June 2024 at 09:00

A bridge is marked to the East of Boars Head, not the 20 Bridges. I can remember walking across this bridge which was higher than the 20 bridges stepping over gaps that had appeared in the track . The pillars are still there.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 11th June 2024 at 11:22

Interesting Priscus, I will check this out.
Philip, I just found a picture on the Album showing the line branching off to the right at Boars Head, taking the route to Red Rock and onwards to Blackburn. Hope it pops up on recently viewed.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th June 2024 at 16:31

I notice the line running into the ROF at Euxton. When I worked there as a young girl the train line had just stopped being used. I used to get on a coach outside of MCCurdy’s in Scholes with quite a few people. I remember the lines inside. Where would people who lived in Scholes catch the train? Just wondering.

Comment by: Philip Cunliffe on 11th June 2024 at 19:56

Thank you Colin. There is a good photograph of the bridge as item #14334

Comment by: Veronica on 12th June 2024 at 07:31

I take it that the North Western station would be the one to go for the ROF but what a long way it would have been to walk to -in the early hours of the morning. I used to turn out at 6 00 from where I lived. What an ordeal when folk worked shifts during the war when there was no street lighting.

Comment by: Dek on 12th June 2024 at 15:10

I understood the Lancashire Union Railway ran from Ince to Standish and avoided Wigan?

Comment by: Priscus on 12th June 2024 at 17:47

Lancashire Union Railway, (Act of Parliament): line from Gerrard's Bridge to Ince Moss, there, overpass WCML, with junctions connecting both ways on WCML, then East of Wigan (What is later known as Whelley Loop) Then links in both directions with WCML south of Standish station, then on to Blackburn.

In practice line, not completed all the way to Blackburn, and agreement made with L&Y for running on their already existing rails.

Both LUR and L&Y get absorbed into LMS.

The old Wigan North Western Station had Platform7, a north facing bay built to cater for the passenger service to Blackburn, so this service, identified on the map, runs on LMS (an its predecessors) lines to Boars Head, then LUR lines to just North of Adlington, then L&Y lines to Blackburn.

Comment by: Dek on 13th June 2024 at 18:18

The Lancashire Union Railway was gone long before that map (1955). What I meant was the map shows Wigan to Blackburn connection lines, not the Lancashire Union Railway.

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